An example of crop is trimming a 4x6 photo to fit in a 3½x5 frame.
An example of crop is all the sunflowers a garden produces during a growing season.
An example of crop is the new group of students entering a school.
An example of crop is the whip used in horseback riding.
An example of crop is the enlarged pouch in a bird's gullet where the bird stores undigested food.
A crop of ideas.
- Hair cut close to the head.
- This style of haircut.
- An earmark on an animal, made by clipping.
Sheep crop grass.
Crop tops expose the midriff; crop pants extend only to the calves.
To crop a field.
A crop of new ideas.
A new crop of students.
- To appear unexpectedly.
- To appear at the surface, as a rock formation at the earth's surface; outcrop.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of crop
- Middle English from Old English cropp ear of grain
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English crop, croppe, from Old English crop, cropp, croppa (“the head or top of a plant, a sprout or herb, a bunch or cluster of flowers, an ear of corn, the craw of a bird, a kidney”), from Proto-Germanic *kruppaz (“body, trunk, crop”), from Proto-Indo-European *grewb- (“to warp, bend, crawl”). Cognate with Dutch krop (“crop”), Low German Krop (“a swelling on the neck, the craw, maw”), German Kropf (“the craw, ear of grain, head of lettuce or cabbage”), Swedish kropp (“body, trunk”), Icelandic kroppur (“a hunch on the body”). Related to crap and group.
- From Middle English croppen (“to cut, pluck and eat”), from Old English *croppian. Cognate with Scots crap (“to crop”), Dutch kroppen (“to cram, digest”), Low German kröppen (“to cut, crop, stuff the craw”), German kröpfen (“to crop”), Icelandic kroppa (“to cut, crop, pick”). Literally, to take off the crop (top, head, ear) of a plant. See Etymology 1.